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Week of Dec. 1, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Nov 30th, 2014

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

Happy December! We kick off our festive season with a drop-in from singer-songwriter Nick Jonas on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Vancouver-based synth rock band Dear Rouge performs.

And to end off the week, we are live in Sudbury to celebrate Rogers Hometown Hockey–tune in as we join the celebration Friday.

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app for iOS and Android!

Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Nov. 29

Jeff Simmons | posted Saturday, Nov 29th, 2014

Get ready for a smorgasbord of hockey.

This week, Rogers has six different games being shown across the country, including four Canadian teams and a match-up between perennial Western Conference powers.

In the Cheat Sheet each week, we’ll provide everything you need to know for Hockey Night in Canada:

Note: All games below are listed in Eastern time.


Washington Capitals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy
Game notes: Phil Kessel has six goals and 18 points in 27 career games against the Capitals…Alex Ovechkin has 27 goals and 49 points in 33 career games vs. Toronto…Leafs forward Tyler Bozak has five points in his last three games.

Buffalo Sabres vs. Montreal Canadiens 
Channel: City
Broadcast crew: Dave Randorf, Garry Galley, David Amber
Game notes: Montreal has an 8-2-0 record in their last 10 games…Entering Friday, Buffalo has the worst goal differential in the entire NHL (minus-35)…Max Pacioretty has five goals and nine assists in 23 career games against the Sabres.

Ottawa Senators vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew: Bob Cole, Greg Millen
Game notes: Steven Stamkos has 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in 22 career games against Ottawa…Entering Friday, Senators goalie Craig Anderson is tied for the league-lead with a .932 save percentage…Anton Stralman (TB) has the second highest plus/minus rating (+12) of all NHL defencemen.


St. Louis Blues vs. Minnesota Wild (FX)


Calgary Flames vs. Arizona Coyotes 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson
Game notes: Mark Giordano and T.J. Brodie have combined for 44 points in 48 games…They rank first and second in the NHL for defencemen in scoring…Oliver Ekman-Larsson has accumulated a minus-15 rating in 23 games….Shane Doan has 50 points in 61 career games vs. Calgary.

Also on Rogers: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings(Sportsnet)

5 things to do this weekend: Cavalcade of Lights, Whole Life Expo & Kidzfest

CityNews | posted Saturday, Nov 29th, 2014

As our regular CityNews.ca series continues, we look at events happening in Toronto for a variety of ages and interests.

Nov. 28-30, 2014

Kidzfest: A full day of family fun, including face painting, crafts and games inside the Candy Playland. Expect a few special guest appearances, including the Octonauts, Peter Pan and the Frozen Ice Queen and Princess. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Yonge-Dundas Square. Free. wintermagic.ca

Cavalcade of Lights: ‘Tis the season to celebrate. Toronto’s official Christmas tree will light up the night, along with a brilliant fireworks show and musical performances led by Kardinal Offishall and Maestro Fresh Wes. Bring your own skates or rent a pair and take to the ice at Nathan Phillips Square. Saturday, starting at 7 p.m. Free. toronto.ca

Toronto Christmas Market: Shop ’til you drop – or at least until you’ve got a gift for everyone on your list. The annual market opens this weekend, featuring hundreds of handcrafted items. A full roster of musicians, carolers and choirs will help put you in the holiday mood. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Distillery District.torontochristmasmarket.com

Whole Life Expo 2014: Get eco-friendly at Canada’s largest showcase of natural health and green living products. More than 300 exhibitors will showcase the best in body care and organic eating. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Weekend lecture pass: $15, Weekend exhibit pass: $10.wholelifeexpo.ca

Toronto Fair Trade Show: From organic fair trade wine from Chile to honey from Zambia, you’ll find it all at Canada’s first annual fair trade show. Visit vendors from developing countries around the world or take in a live performance or documentary screening. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Gladstone Hotel. Free.thefairtradeshow.com

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shomi: 10 things to watch with your kids

Today's Parent | posted Thursday, Nov 27th, 2014

Rogers and Shaw have joined forces to create shomi, a recently launched service that offers customers more than 12,000 hours of streamable content in the first year. The biggest draw? Tons of family-friendly content to choose from, in both the Film and TV Shows categories.

Now that the winter weather is in full swing, here are some of our shomi favourites that you can watch with the family this week.

Home Alone (1990)

Is your family looking to get into the holiday spirit a little early this year? Why not introduce your kids to this early ’90s Christmas classic.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

If you just can’t get enough of the misadventures of little Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin), make it a double feature and watch this equally-entertaining sequel.

The Karate Kid (2010)

This reboot of the ’80s kids classic stars Jackie Chan and Will Smith’s son, Jaden. The perfect entertainment for your own aspiring karate kid.

The Secret Garden (1993)

If you’re looking for something less action-packed try this underrated little gem, starring Maggie Smith as the meddling housekeeper Mrs. Medlock. Based on the famous book by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Robots (2005)

Still reeling from the loss of actor Robin Williams? Introduce your kids to one of his family-friendly features with this animated adventure.

The Princess Diaries

Before Anne Hathaway was famous she played an unlikely heir to a royal throne alongside the legendary Julie Andrews.

Muppet Treasure Island (1996)

Since The Muppets have received a new surge in popularity thanks to their latest two feature films, now is the perfect time to watch this high-seas adventure with the family.

Yo Gabba Gabba (2007-present)

Let DJ Lance Rock keep the party going on those wintery nights with episodes of this popular kids TV show.

Baby Looney Tunes (2002-present)

It’s just as adorable as the title suggests.

102 Dalmations (2000)

Watch Glenn Close reprise her role as the villainous Cruella De Vil as she goes after those cute little puppies again after breaking out of prison.

Jian Ghomeshi arrested on sex assault charges, released on $100K bail

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014

Ex-CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi has been released on $100,000 bail after facing five charges in a College Park courtroom on Wednesday — hours after he surrendered to Toronto police.

Ghomeshi was charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.

His criminal lawyer Marie Henein said Ghomeshi will plead not guilty and will fight the charges “fully and directly” in court. She also said Ghomeshi wouldn’t be making any media statements.

Under his bail conditions he is required to live with his mother and is forbidden from contacting alleged victims. He must also surrender his passport and remain in Ontario. He will be back in court on Jan. 8, 2015.

The charge of overcoming resistance by choking carries a potential life sentence according to the Criminal Code.

The head of CBC media relations Chuck Thompson said, “we don’t comment on police matters, criminal investigations or anything before the courts.”

Police chief Bill Blair also said he couldn’t comment on a case that’s before the courts but said it was important for the alleged victims to come forward.

Follow real-time updates from our reporters below:

The arrest comes exactly a month after he was fired by the CBC, and a day after the formerhost dropped a $55-million lawsuit against the CBC, alleging defamation and breach of confidence in his statement of claim.

The broadcaster fired him on Oct. 26 after saying it was shown “graphic evidence” that he had physically injured a woman.

Since his dismissal, nine women and one man have come forward with allegations, some dating back a decade, that Ghomeshi sexually or physically assaulted them.

The charges stem from complaints by three of them.

Former Trailer Park Boys actress Lucy DeCoutere is the only complainant who waived the publication ban on her identity. The other two can’t be named.

DeCoutere released the following statement on Wednesday:

“The past month has seen a major shift in the conversation about violence against women. It has been an overwhelming and painful time for many people, including myself, but also very inspiring. I hope that victim’s voices continue to be heard and that this is the start of a change that is so desperately needed.”

Ghomeshi, 47, admitted in a lengthy Facebook post published on Oct. 26, the day he was fired, that he engaged in “rough sex,” but insisted his encounters with women were consensual.

In a follow-up post a few days later, he said he would meet the flurry of allegations against him “directly,” but has not made any public statements since. The Facebook posts have since been deleted.

With files from The Canadian Press

How to soften hard brown sugar

Chatelaine | posted Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014

Even in the Chatelaine Kitchen, accidents happen. On one fateful day of testing recipes, I reached for the brown sugar only to realize that it had not been properly sealed and was now a giant, solid rock of sugar. The silver lining? In a test kitchen, accidents such as these are experiments waiting to happen. So one of the associate food editors and I put our noggins together to see if we could rehydrate this tin of dried-out brown sugar.

After a few rounds without success, we figured out a solution that worked. (And definitely a tip worth sharing!)

Here’s what to do:

1. Put your solid lump of dried brown sugar in a microwave-safe bowl.

2. Lay two pieces of paper towel on top of each other. Fold them in half, and then in half again. You should end up with a square of 8 layers.

3. Wet the paper towel square under a gently running tap until it is completely wet through, but not soaked (dripping wet is too wet).

4. Lay the wet paper towel over the lump of brown sugar so it is fully covered. Microwave for 45 seconds on med-low heat. Remove from microwave, flip over and repeat. Remove from microwave and use a fork to scrape off the softened brown sugar that will be on the outer edges.

5. Repeat this whole process until you end up with re-hydrated brown sugar.

Note: The size of your brown sugar determines how many times you’ll have to heat it. The minimum will be approximately five to six times. In our kitchen test (see images below) we had to reheat it ten times.

Check out how we revived our rock hard brown sugar:

Brown sugar step 1

Step 1

brown sugar step 2

Step 4

brown sugar step 3

Step 5

Recipes with brown sugar: So if you’re looking to make our delicious sticky caramel buns or our brown sugar shortbread cookies, no worries if your brown sugar is dried out…now you can fix it!

Week of Nov. 24, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Nov 23rd, 2014

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

You know her from Grey’s Anatomy–Sandra Oh stops by the BT studios Monday.

On Tuesday, Canadian singer Trevor Guthrie talks about his latest work.

And to seal off the week Friday, we gear up for the kickoff of the holiday season–the Cavalcade of Lights preview.

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app for iOS and Android!

5 things to do this weekend: Tango festival, Brain exhibit & gourmet foods & wines

Showwei Chu | posted Saturday, Nov 22nd, 2014

As our regular CityNews.ca series continues, we look at events happening in Toronto for a variety of ages and interests.

Nov. 21-23, 2014

Tango festival: Fans of the tango can learn and practise their technique at the four-day Tango 8 Fest, which features workshops, mesmerizing performances by Argentinian masters and dance parties. Polish Hall, 206 Beverley St. Until Sunday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. $10 to $40. tango8fest.com.

Brain exhibit: A new exhibit at the Ontario Science Centre, which opened on Wednesday, explores the inner workings of the brain and how it has evolved over time through the use of art, brain imaging, and interactive elements. Brain: The Inside Story is on tour from the American Museum of Natural History and aims to capture the latest innovations in the field of neuroscience. Ontario Science Centre. Until March 29, 2015. $13 to $22. ontariosciencecentre.ca

Ice, Wine & Dine: We may be in a cold snap, but don’t let that prevent you from getting outside and attending this annual culinary event on Elm Street in downtown Toronto. Sample sumptuous eats as well as signature drinks from 18 participating restaurants, including The Queen & Beaver, Pantages Mini Bar and Oro Restaurant. There will also be ice sculptures as well as musicians and performers to watch. Saturday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Elm Street between Yonge and Bay streets. Free admission. wintermagic.ca

Gourmet food & wine expo: Savour gourmet foods, indulge in wine tasting classes with master sommeliers and watch celebrity chefs do their magic on stage at the 20th annual food and beverage expo. Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Friday, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. $25 to $90. foodandwineexpo.ca.

Toronto’s premier Christmas show: Christmas shopping has just been made easier with the Seasons Christmas Show marketplace, now in its 10th year, which features over 300 retailers, artisans and entrepreneurs. Friday to Sunday. International Centre in Mississauga. $13 to $15. seasonsshow.com

With files from Patricia D’Cunha

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